Friday, September 19, 2008

Curiosity Challenge~Figs!

I've been searching for figs for a weeks now. After first reading about figs on Anita's blog Dessert First and then on Kat's "Our Adventures in Japan", I've been keeping my eye out for figs. I was talking to my foodie food science friends and we were discussing what we would do with them if we by chance found them in the market.

Here's how the conversation went:

L: I just want to buy them, cut 'em in half and eat them fresh

A: Broil them, put honey from the Urbana's Farmer's market on it and serve them with prosciutto or goat cheese. Isn't that what the foodies do?

E: Do figs have some kind of cult following? It seems like it's the trendy food of the moment.

L: I dunno, but everyone blogs about them. They must be good.

E: I think I've only tried figs in Fig Newtons
While at Meijer this morning, I found those elusive figs! It was $2 for an 8 oz container of figs. I grabbed a container of the brown turkish ones and then panicked. There were black ones there too. I didn't know there were two kinds of figs, the container of black ones were heavier (even though the package said 8 oz), but I ended up buying the brown ones because the black ones looked like they were overripe and smashed.

I don't know what to do with them, but I have to figure it out in the next few days. I just found the California Figs site, so we'll see what I can find there. Wish me luck!


Anonymous said...

Good luck on the figs thing - I read about them on Kats' blog also. Like most people I have only had them in Fig Newtons and really couldn't describe their flavor if I had to. Since I/we don't cook much I'll have to keep an eye out for them on a menu and try them that way.

As far as your previous question, I moved to IL with my parents when I was little (a loooong time ago). We now have a place in Makiki/Punchbowl that I try to spend as much time as possible at.

As you well know it is tough in HI so fortunately I can work remotely. I have always found it easy to make a living in the midwest but life in the midwest is somewhat unfulfilling. There is just something about the Aloha, Ohana, Aina and Da Grinds that just makes the rough things in HI bearable. I would hope that you might be able to get a job with one of the small food companies or perhaps a government agency out there.

In any case I am headed back there for a few days in a few hours.

Alan from Makiki

K and S said...

I hope you like them Genki :) Can't wait to see how you enjoy them.

shayna said...

hi laur! hope you & mike are well! i've never cooked with them, but i recently really enjoyed it in a dish. ian's friend (she cooks at "downtown" restaurant) made a fig jam and put it on flatbread-y pizza, then added some chicken, herbs, and onions. it was delicious! have fun trying your new food!

genkitummy said...

alan-that's great that you can live in illinois and hawaii. yes, i agree with you, there is something special about hawaii. i'm crossing my fingers and hoping to find a job back home, but at the same time i'm applying for companies on the mainland too. have a fun trip back in hawaii.

thanks kat!

shayna-hey! thanks for the suggestion. it sounds really good! i didn't know there was a restaurant called "downtown"